Here, we offer our perspective on how defect centers can mediate the transfer of quantum information between many leading qubit platforms.
Antimicrobial peptides largely avoid resistance acquired by bacteria to man-made antibiotics. Here, we develop a surgical mesh composed of a novel polymer that increases resistance to bacterial contamination compared to a more traditional surgical polymer.
It is challenging to regenerate large volumes of lost muscle. Here, we show that implanting extracellular matrix, or what's leftover after cells are removed from tissue and organs, in muscle in conjunction with stretching and flexing the affected region can improve health outcomes.
Sunlight is an abundant source of energy, but converting it into electricity via photovoltaics can be costly. Here, we discover a cheaply synthesized and stable nanomaterial that efficiently converts sunlight directly into heat (much like a seatbelt buckle during hot summer months!)
The ability to measure mechanical forces acting on very small objects, such as individual cells or fibers in nanocomposites, would help scientists understand, engineer, and control them. Here, we synthesize nanoparticles that change color in response to mechanical forces.
Metabolic labeling has become an essential tool for tracking the passage and function of biological substrates, yet it is limited by the difficulty of cellular delivery. Here, we show that nanostraws can deliver membrane-impermeable metabolic probes directly into cells.
Tissue regenerating-cells are sensitive to their environment. Here, we engineer hydrogels with varying degradation times and stiffnesses, load them with cells, and show that the hydrogen can induce cells to aggregate into microvascular networks that enhance blood flow in a mouse model.
Transporting biomolecules into cells is an essential tool to manipulate biological signaling cascades, but certain biomolecules, such as second messengers, are difficult to transport. Here, we show that nanostraws can penetrate the cell membrane and deliver second messengers directly into the cell, opening the possibility for time-resolved delivery of any freely diffusing molecules.